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As of April 11, 2017.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Collected a double-double while matching the game-high scoring total with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Named to 2017 USA Junior National Select Team that will play in the 20th annual Nike Hoop Summit on Feb. 28, 2017.
  • Won gold with the 2015 USA U16 National Team at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Attended the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team training camp, but was injured and unable to participate.
  • Started all five games for the 2015 USA U16 National Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahia Blanca, Argentina; averaged 9.8 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 2.4 apg. and 1.8 spg.
  • Participated in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 USA Men’s Junior National Team October minicamps.

College Notes

  • Verbally committed to attend and play for the University of Kentucky on Dec. 23, 2016.

High School Honors

  • 2017 McDonald’s All-American.
  • 2017 Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston third team.
  • 2016 All-State first team.
  • 2016 Student Athlete MVP at Victory Prep.
  • 2016 St. Thomas Basketball Classic MVP.
  • 2016 The Grind Session All-Star. 
  • 2015 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America honorable mention.
  • 2014, 2015 all-state first team.
  • 2014 MaxPreps Freshman All-American first team.

High School Notes

  • Ranked as the No. 23 overall prospect in the 2017 ESPN 100 recruiting rankings. 
  • Attends Victory Prep Academy (Texas), where he sat out part of 2016-17 while recovering from a foot fracture; returned to lead Victory Prep to a 15-21 record.
  • Averaged 26.6 ppg., 15.5 rpg., 5.2 apg., 2.0 bpg. and 2.1 spg. as his team finished with a 19-21 record in 2015-16.
  • As a sophomore in 2014-15, averaged 26.6 ppg., 15.4 rpg., 5.2 apg. and 2.1 spg. in leading Victory Prep to a 33-6 record and the district title.
  • Averaged 22.4 ppg., 12.2 rpg., 4.1 apg. and 2.2 spg. in leading Victory Prep to a 31-9 record, the district championship and the state tournament semifinals as a freshman in 2013-14.
  • Competes in the summer for Houston Hoops (Texas) in the EYBL; averaged 13.5 ppg and 10.9 rpg in 16 contests on EYBL circuit in 2016.
  • Secured double figure rebounds in 9-of-16 games, including 21 against Pro Skills on May 28, 2016.

Personal Notes

  • Born in his hometown of Houston, Texas.
  • Son of Gwendolyn and Robert Vanderbilt; has two older brothers, Jamal Vanderbilt and Robert Vanderbilt, and three older sisters, Rean Vanderbilt, Jene Vanderbilt and Tasha Douglas.
  • Father played basketball at Wiley College; mother played at Xavier of Louisiana; brother, Jamal, played at Texas-Tyler; and sister, Jenae, played at UTSA.

Inside Scoop

  • Started playing basketball when he was 3 and organized basketball at age 5.
  • Favorite USA National Team athletes: Kevin Durant, James Harden and Lebron James.
  • Most people don’t know: he has a 4.3 GPA and plays percussion instruments.
  • Plans on studying Kinesiology in college.
  • Favorite Twitter account: Faith in God (@prayinfaith).
  • Favorite movie: Love & Basketball.
  • Favorite sports aside from basketball: boxing, track and field and football.
  • Favorite class: science.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Kevin Durant.
  • Favorite Olympian: LeBron James.
  • Last book read for pleasure: Michael Jordan.
  • Would compare his game to: LeBron James and Lamar Odom.
  • Shoe size: 14.
  • Twitter: @Jvando_
  • Instagram: @jvando_

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USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST BLK STL
2015 U16
5/5 22- 50 
.440 0- 2
.000 5- 11 .455 39/7.8
49/9.8
12 4 9

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